- Regulation & Legislation
- Malaysia Mulls New Diesel Price Control Schemes
- U.S. Greens, DTF Tout ‘Diesel Emissions Reduction Act’ Bill
- India Still Seeking Alternative Marker for Subsidized Kero Sales
- MAN, Wartsila Team-up on ‘Near-Zero-Emissions’ Marine Diesel R&D
- Korea Institute Wins Diesel Cetane Improver Patent
- Sodium/Lithium Dual-Battery Boosts Heavy-Duty Prospects, Cuts Costs
- Shell’s Dry-Feed System Seen More Efficient for CTL
- Distillate Markets
- U.S. EPA-Touted Cello Energy Files for Bankruptcy
- Coal/Biodiesel Blend: Profitable Power-Gen Niche
- Camelina-Derived Renewable Jet, Diesel Cuts Life-Cycle CO2 75%: Study
- Technip Wins Total Hydrocracker EPC Contract; Distillate Boost
- Shenhua Trims CTL Ambitions, Announces CCS Project
- Turkey’s Switch to Euro-5 ULSD Pinches Farmers
- Big China Biodiesel Maker Posts Huge 3Q 2010 Loss
- Rentech Fertilizer Profits Boost FEED for Rialto BTL
- Preem 3Q 2010 Net Income Falls, but Diesel Crack Improves
- TAM Flies Airbus Jet on Jatropha-Based Biofuel
- Market Report: Temps Fall, Distillates Rise, ULSD Exports Soar
- Distillate Watch
- Transport News
- Emissions Crackdown Prompts Diesel Hydrogen-Hybrid Ferry Scheme
- MTU Detroit Diesel Launches Production at South Carolina Plant
- U.K. Parliament Report: EV Uptake Won’t be Rapid; Diesels Equally ‘Green’
- Hino Touts 50% Efficiency Boost in 2011 Diesel Hybrid Truck
- Daimler Sees Global Truck Sales Rebound, Even in N. America
Regulation & Legislation
The Malaysian government is considering a new regulatory scheme covering four categories of diesel end-users, according to a December 2 report from the official Bernama news agency.
More than 500 environmental, public health, industry and government organizations are pushing reauthorization of the “Diesel Emissions Reduction Act,” which passed the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee (EPW) November 30.
India’s Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas (MOPNG) announced November 26 that it’s still trying to find a new, “efficient” marker system for separating kerosene used in road fuel from the kerosene destined for “below poverty line” (BPT) families using it for cooking and lighting.
MAN Diesel & Turbo and Wärtsilä officials announced December 3 that they’ve agreed to pursue a large joint research project – dubbed “Hercules-C” – aiming to develop “near-zero emissions” marine diesel propulsion engine technology.
The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) announced November 25 that the Korea Research Institute of Chemical Technology won a patent for a bicycloheptane-based cetane number improver for diesel fuel.
GE announced December 2 that prospects for broader electrification of buses, delivery trucks, off-highway vehicles and other heavy vehicles could be boosted by a sodium/lithium dual-battery system that cuts total battery costs by about 20%.
The dry-feed gasification system employed by Shell would be more efficient than the slurry-feed system of GE for notional coal-to-liquids (CTL) plants, according to a Carnegie Mellon University study.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) unveiled November 29 its final 2011 percentage standards for the four categories of fuel under the agency’s renewable fuel standard program, known as “RFS-2.”
In anticipation of an approaching crackdown on marine diesel emissions, California-based ferry operator Hornblower Cruises announced November 30 that it will launch what’s described as the first-ever diesel hybrid ferry employing hydrogen fuel cells, batteries, solar panels and wind turbines.
MTU Detroit Diesel announced December 1 that it has started-up production at its new in Aiken, South Carolina, plant.
The United Kingdom Parliament Office of Science & Technology publicly unveiled a report December 1 indicating that consumer uptake of electric vehicles (EVs) likely will be relatively slow at least over the next few years.
Hino officials announced November 29 that they’ve developed a diesel hybrid-electric light-medium truck that boosts fuel efficiency by about 50% compared to a conventional diesel and 20% to 30% better than existing hybrid trucks.
Daimler Truck officials announced November 30 that global third quarter 2010 sales are up 44% over 3Q 2009, to 94,800 units.
Alabama-based Cello Energy – touted by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) last year as an emerging “cellulosic diesel” star – has filed for bankruptcy.
Unlike competitors struggling (and often failing) to compete with relatively cheap petroleum diesel, China Integrated Energy (CIE) reported December 3 that it has found a profitable niche market in China: coal/biodiesel blend for power generation.
Substituting conventional petroleum-based jet fuel with camelina-derived, all-hydrocarbon renewable jet fuel results in a 75% cut in life-cycle carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, according to a study published in the journal, Environmental Progress & Sustainable Energy.
Technip announced December 1 that it won an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract to increase the capacity of Total’s hydrocracker at the Normandy refinery in Gonfreville, France.
Shenhua’s technology general manager Gu Dazhao announced November 30 that the company has trimmed plans to boost coal-to-liquids (CTL) output to about 11 million metric tons/year by 2020, about one-third of an original plan to boost CTL output to 30 million tons by 2020.
Turkey will convert both highway and farm diesel to Euro-5 (10 parts per million sulfur) standards starting January 1, while simultaneously eliminating the current tax break for farm diesel.
China-based biodiesel maker Gushan Environmental Energy announced November 29 that it posted a whopping RMB 999-million (US$149-million) net loss for third-quarter 2010, compared with a net loss of RMB79.1 million (US$11.9 million) for third-quarter 2009 and a net loss of RMB108.5 million (US$16.3 million) for second-quarter 2010.
Los Angeles-based Rentech announced November 29 that exceptional profits and prospects at its “Rentech Energy Midwest Corporation (REMC)” nitrogen fertilizer operation in Illinois will help to pay for the company’s “Rialto” biomass-to-liquids (BTL) front-end engineering design (FEED) project in California.
Corral Petroleum subsidiary Preem posted a SEK442-Million (US$63-million) net income for the third quarter of 2010, down from a SEK 648-Million (US$92.5-million) net income in third-quarter 2009.
Airbus announced November 23 what it termed as “the first Jatropha-based biofuel flight in Latin America, using an Airbus A320” flown by Brazil’s TAM airlines.
Ultra low sulfur diesel (ULSD) spot and futures prices rose sharply in key global spot and futures markets last week in response to colder-weather demand.
Distillate prices moved sharply higher on cold-weather demand last week.